National Competitions, better knowns als SO’s, are competitions that are held through the VNS (Dutch Association for Studentriders). Many equine associations anually organise SO’s, as does U.S.R. Hippeia. During an SO there’ll be dressage and jumping competitions in serveral classes. Hippeia often travels with a large equipe to SO’s of our sister associations to battle for prizes and enjoy a fun weekend!
A weekend away on SO
A weekend away on SO is a special experience. Most SO´s start on Saturday around midday when the dressage qualifying rounds are ridden. Afterwards, everyone will put on their crazy outfit for the theme party after which everyone will go to the bar. Around midnight the results of the qualifying rounds will be announced. Then you´ll finally hear wether you may enter the semi-finals the next day. On Sunday the semi-finales and the finale of the dressage will take place. Later that the jumping contests starts.
The knock-outsystem that the KNHS-VNS use on national competitions is unique for the equine sport in the Netherland. In regular competitions there are always the same combinations of horse and rider that have practiced for years on end to become as good as they are. However, students of equine associations don’t have their own horse so they can’t be assessed on the best rider-horse combination. To solve this, the knock-outsystem has come to life. Through this system two or three rides will ride the same horse of whom the best rider will be allowed to enter the semi-finals. Because of this the best ride will be chosen and not the best combination of rider-horse. Rides will be assigned to a horse by use of a lottery and there’ll be new horses available for every round.
The vice-praeses receives invites from sisterassociations about their upcoming SO’s. These will in turn be send to members. You can sign up for an SO by sending an email to email@example.com.